Highland’s Jillian Linnebur, small towns & why it works for me



Populations of towns Jillian Linnebur has/will live in, circa 2008-2012

Colwich, Kansas: 1,229

Highland, Kansas: 976

Sterling, Kansas: 2,642

This isn’t meant to be a long item — just a heads up on somebody doing a good job. Jillian Linnebur is a small-town girl — she’s from Colwich and went to Andale High School — and she was a good enough runner coming out of high school to get a look from a junior college, Highland, where she qualified for the NJCAA national indoor meet two years in a row in the the 600, the 1000 and the distance medley relay and added the 1600-relay this season. Now, she’s trying to do the same for the Scotties during the outdoor season. And I think it’s cool. It’s cool she graduated from AHS and then tore it up in the Jayhawk. It’s cool she’s committed to run at Sterling College next year and will surely tear it up in the KCAC. It’s cool that a Kansas kid will get a degree from two Kansas schools and hopefully stay in Kansas after she gets her degree in Elementary Ed. I spend so much time on this blog and in print and on the radio with these long diatribes about how great the Jayhawk Conference is for Kansas kids that it’s just … nice to single somebody out every once in awhile that didn’t score 30 points or hit a home run or lead the league in rushing.

Stop and smell the roses, you know?

Out. TA.


I grew up in the suburbs. That’s another story entirely.